The Future of SAM.gov

There’s a lot going on under the star-spangled top hat of SAM.gov.

Grants.gov users know SAM.gov as the website on which they need to register in order to do business with the U.S. government. On SAM.gov, users can create an entity registration, update or renew an entity registration, check status of an entity registration, and search for entity registration and exclusion records.

But a new, beta version of the website still in development promises to make the site’s feature set far more expansive.

Plans are in place to consolidate under SAM.gov 10 existing federal award systems that are managed by the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Integrated Award Environment. These systems handle assistance listings, contract opportunities, wage determinations, and sub-award data, among other things.

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Image credit: GSA.gov

A December update to Beta.SAM.gov (Release 11) moved the portal closer to its goal of integrating the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA.gov) and Wage Determinations On-Line (WDOL.gov) by the end of fiscal year 2018.

Some of the promised features are already live on Beta.SAM.gov.

Visitors to the beta site can now use a single search field to browse for assistance, contract opportunities, contract data, entity information, federal hierarchy, and wage determinations.

And a new account system explained in the video below will eventually give users access to all of the consolidated websites with a single sign-on.

The improvements to SAM.gov reflect a broader movement among federal agencies to consolidate and streamline the search, apply, review, and management segments of federal awards.

While Beta.SAM.gov is not yet ready for a formal unveiling, you can take a peek under the top hat here.